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26 Sep 2014 description

Ceremonies are scheduled this weekend to mark the 5th anniversary of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami which killed 34 children, women and men in American Samoa.

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19 Sep 2014 description


Normal to below normal rainfall is evident in many Pacific Island countries, with the Pacific Ocean showing renewed signs of El Niño development. There is a 50 per cent chance of an El Niño forming by the end of 2014. Water conservation measures are recommended.


Drought conditions are being monitored on Emau Island, located in North Efate in Shefa Province. The island, with a population of 1,000 has not had rainfall since June 2014.

11 Sep 2014 description

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's disaster declaration issued for the Territory of American Samoa.

Assistance for the Territory and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

11 Sep 2014 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the Territory of American Samoa to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, and landslides during the period of July 29 to August 3, 2014.

08 Sep 2014 description

The latest reports from American Samoa reveal Chikungunya-related cases have now reached over 700 and there is now one probable case in Ofu, Manua.

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19 Aug 2014 description

Message du Président

L’année écoulée a été synonyme d’avancée pour le PROE, et les Membres comme le Secrétariat peuvent s’enorgueillir à juste titre des progrès et des réalisations accomplis.

19 Aug 2014 description

SPREP launches 2013 Annual Report

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is pleased to advise that the 2013 SPREP Annual Report is now available online. In 2013 SPREP celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the SPREP Treaty, which established the Secretariat as an autonomous body.

Mr David Sheppard, Director General of SPREP explains that there was a lot to celebrate during this anniversary year:

11 Aug 2014 description

Five government agencies in American Samoa have launched major clean up efforts to rid of breeding grounds for mosquitoes spreading Chikungunya, or Chik, virus.

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11 Aug 2014 description

More cases of chikungunya, or chik, virus have been recorded in American Samoa.

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06 Aug 2014 description

The American Samoan Department of Health says there are now more than 300 confirmed cases of chikungunya or 'chik' virus in the territory.

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06 Aug 2014 description

Families in American Samoa who have been displaced by landslides and flooding last week are to have government assistance to find better temporary housing.

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05 Aug 2014 description

The American Samoa Government is submitting a request for a disaster declaration in areas worst it by severe weather last week.

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01 Aug 2014 description

Families whose homes were damaged by mudslides in American Samoa are being asked to hold off cleaning up until their damage has been assessed.

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31 Jul 2014 description

A teenage girl has died and homes have been evacuated under the threat of landslides following a day of severe weather in America Samoa.

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22 May 2014 description

By Online Editor
6:22 pm GMT+12, 17/05/2014, Ethiopia

Reports by PACNEWS Journalist, Pita Ligaiula in Addis Ababa

Climate Change in the Pacific receives more funding from donors than food security, according to a regional government official.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)’s Food Security Technical officer, Gibson Susumu said there is a need for climate change and food security to be given same priority in terms of funding.

14 Jan 2014 description

This technical paper represents an initial attempt to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in 21 island states in the South Pacific. It presents results from the second of five planned analyses which correspond with the regional consultations of the Nansen Initiative, a state-led process that brings together representatives from governments, international organisations, civil society, think tanks and other key actors to develop a protection agenda for people displaced across state borders by disasters and the effects of climate change.

19 Dec 2012 description

Posted at 22:36 on 18 December, 2012 UTC

Ensuring those families that have been displaced by Cyclone Evan stay healthy, is being seen as crucial over the coming days as Samoa deals with the cyclone’s aftermath.

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13 Dec 2012 description

Two people have been confirmed dead as Cyclone Evan causes widespread destruction around the Samoan capital of Apia. It is understood most of the roads out of Apia are now cut off, with all of the rivers flooded in the region the storm made landfall earlier today. The category-two storm is generating winds of more than 110 kilometres per hour at its centre. Storm and flood warnings have been issued, with forecasts that it will cause a sea surge of more than three metres along the Samoan coast.